The Whole Quest Student
The Knights Program
Good character is the foundation of every legitimate success in a person's life. We believe that good character can best develop under the direct guidance of the adults in a child's life. To complement the family values learned at home, we provide our students with opportunities to discuss and analyze good character, and we help students practice using good character in decision-making at school. We believe that when children practice responsibility, they learn responsibility; we believe that when children practice the words and actions of compassion, they learn what compassion truly is.
Our students have outstanding gifts and talents, which can only be enhanced by good character. We seek to guide them in developing the well-rounded character that will serve them well in life and help them serve others.
Good character does not always come easily. It often takes many life lessons for a person to collect enough experiences to understand the importance of good character. Our community celebrates the growth of all students. However, we recognize that there is no predetermined timeline for achieving good character. This is truly a life long quest.
The Quest Student &
The 12 Traits of Character
The Quest Academy Character Education program encourages each student to develop respect for self, for others and for his or her surroundings through internalization of the following traits: compassion, courage, generosity, gratitude, honesty, industry, loyalty, modesty, patience, respect, responsibility, and self-discipline.
For each trait, we have chosen a symbol. These symbols remind us of the qualities we all strive to embody. Everyone in the Quest community must know these symbols in order to recognize and commend our Pages and Squires for the traits they demonstrate.
Compassion is tender responsiveness to another’s misfortune and is symbolized by a heart. We must always take into consideration the feelings of others as we contemplate our own actions.
Courage is a confident and reasoned approach to challenges. The French symbol of the fleur-de-lis is used here. It reminds us that it is the courageous among us who point the true path along the road to knighthood.
Generosity is a willingness to give freely. The sun stands for the warmth that is spread for every act of kindness. In this symbol, the rays remind us to spread our giving in all directions, while the spiral reminds us of the rejuvenating power of giving.
Gratitude is appreciation of kindnesses received. The stars remind us that we are but one small piece of the universe and that we must be thankful for all that we receive.
Honesty is straightforwardness in thought, conduct and speech. We must liken ourselves to the true arrow, using pure accuracy in our words and deeds.
Industry is steady effort toward worthy goals. The anvil represents what can be crafted through perseverance and effort.
Loyalty is allegiance to the highest good of one’s community. The violet represented loyalty to the knights of old, and we take it again as our symbol.
Modesty is a balanced estimation of one’s own abilities and merits. The waning moon reminds us that even nature requires modesty of its most beautiful creations.
Patience is calm endurance. With time, a small and fragile plant will grow into a sturdy tree, and that tree will cast a great shadow. That which is worthwhile is worth the time it takes to do it well.
Respect is esteem for another’s self-worth. This symbol is four distinct triangles, all of equal size, all connected to each other. Likewise, each of us is of equal worth, and each of us is connected within a larger community.
Responsibility is accountability for one’s words and deeds. The earth reminds us of the far-reaching consequences of every action we take.
Self-discipline is correction of oneself for the sake of improvement. The balance recalls the need to strive to keep behaviors in check and to remain levelheaded.
Beyond Our Walls:
Service learning is an integral part of the Quest Academy curriculum and encourages students to actively reflect and seek to make a positive change in our society. Every Monday in Middle School, 45 minutes of the school day is spent with students learning about their area of focus for service:
- Hunger and Homelessness
The benefits of service learning are multi-layered with a commitment toward community interspersed with instruction and education to enrich the overall experience.
In the case of Quest's Middle School students, the logistics and activities for service learning events are organized and implemented by the students themselves. "Our Middle School students get leadership opportunities they can't find elsewhere," said Service Learning Chairperson Jen Fabsik, Middle School Language Arts and Social Studies teacher. "It's incredible to hear the students calling organizations and making plans. We had people think that they were actually dealing with adults."
Lower school grades are assigned an area of service and every trimester participate in “buddy days” with their middle school groups. Service Learning student leaders work with lower school classroom teachers to plan activities related to their service area of focus.
Immersion Days are service opportunities. The expectation is that students will serve the community in a meaningful and tangible way. Opportunities can include student designed in-house workshops, off-campus projects, outdoor expeditions, speaking events, etc.